Cercis silaquastrum is an interesting tree which produces its bloom straight from the trunk and stems of the tree!
A most beautiful tree despite its association with Judas Iscariot. Commonly known as the Judas tree due to its association with Judas Iscariot, this tree was introduced to England in the 16th Century, so it is a familiar component of many established gardens and arboretums. It is a favourite for gardeners as it is so unique, winning the Award of Garden Merit in 2002.
Cercis silaquastrum is a fairly slow growing tree and therefore should only be planted by those who have the patience to watch it flourish over the years.
The rosy-lilac, pea-like flowers cover the wood in May, producing a stunning floral display that is quite uncharacteristic of a tree. Following the flowers, the bright green, almost heart shaped leaves are developed, later accompanied by dark purple tinted seed pods in July.
This small, round headed, tree is native to the Eastern Mediterranean where it very much enjoys the warmer, drier climes. In the UK it is best suited to sunny urban gardens and courtyards where is happy to bask in the warmth of the sun.
This tree will tolerate most soil conditions, including very dry soils, it is however fairly slow grower that will produce stunning displays given time.
This tree is a great selection if you are looking to create multiple seasons of interest with your planting. Coupled with Amelanchier, Magnolia, Prunus, Malus and Crataegus it is possible to stretch the flowering season out right from March through to the end of May!
Mature height: 3-7m